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Business meetings, events and seminars (5-20-13)

Tuesday

Gov. Sean Parnell speaks on "Fiscal Restraint for a Strong Alaska" at noon Tuesday in the Dena'ina Convention Center. He'll outline his five-year fiscal plan, address oil tax and permitting reform and discuss progress on an in-state gas line. He will also sign SB 21 (oil tax legislation) and HB 4 (in-state gasline legislation). RSVP with Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. (272-2401 or anchoragechamber.org)

What You Should Know About Credit Card Services, 2-4 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. This class gives a brief overview of what merchant processing is and how it can affect your business. Topics include contracts, rates and the difference between independent credit card companies and bank credit card companies. Also discussed will be PCI compliance and how it could affect your processing this year. Learn the best way to process cards and keep your costs down, helping to make your business be more efficient. $20. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)

Wednesday

Starting a Business, Classroom and Webinar, 1:30-3 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Topics include issues faced when starting a small business such as business licensing, legal forms of business, business record-keeping, hiring and employees, business planning and access to financing. Free. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)

Supervisor Boot Camp, Round 3, 10 a.m.-noon, Coastal Villages Building, 711 H St. Effective hiring and retention. Get the most out of your supervisors with a small investment. This session covers: your role and accountabilities as a supervisor; strategies for assessing the best potential hire and getting past the interviewee's facade; secrets and strategies that increase retention; employee expectations; things to "stop," "continue" and "do differently" and managing change dynamics. $85 includes lunch. (276-4769, thegrowthcompany.com)

Time Management That Works, 1-4 p.m., Coastal Villages Building, 711 H St. Getting unburied and managing multiple priorities. This session covers effectively using your Outlook calendar, overcoming perfectionism, braking before you break, successfully managing in-boxes, identifying time robbers, beating procrastination, handling interruptions, effective strategies; setting priorities: practical how-tos, organizing and scheduling strategies, saying "no" without giving offense and juggling multiple priorities. $129. (276-4769, thegrowthcompany.com)

Thursday

Marketing to the State of Alaska, 1:30-3 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Get an introduction to marketing products and services to the State of Alaska. Next, learn the best way to market your product or service to the State of Alaska as well as how to receive preference over out-of-state bidders. Hear about the Alaska Product Preference Program, how to find demand for your business and how product preference affects a bid. Free. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)